Collaborative Research in Engineering, Science & Technology (CREST) yesterday, officially announced three key Digital Healthcare Cluster initiatives, the triple helix, signifying a milestone in digital healthcare in Malaysia.

The first initiative leverages on 5G technology. Through 5G Digital Healthcare, CREST will be working with the Ministry of Health, Digi Telecommunications and Cyberview Sdn Bhd, supported by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) in implementing relevant use cases in Digital Healthcare.

The second initiative is on National Cardiovascular Data Analytics. It is estimated that 73% of total deaths in Malaysia are contributed by cardiovascular disease with 35% of deaths occuring in individuals aged less than 60 years old. 

For this project, Stethee, an Artificial Intelligence-enabled stethoscope will be used to capture Malaysian heart sounds at 50 Ministry of Health Primary Health Clinics nationwide.

For the third initiative, CREST is working with the Ministry of Health and expertise from Microsoft Malaysia to develop an AI system for Malaysia Retinal Reading Centre (MyRRC) to diagnose DR. MyRRC will become the centre to read / grade eye retinal images from public and private healthcare providers.